Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness
In recent years there has been a greater recognition of how cultural concepts, values, and beliefs influence the way mental symptoms are expressed, how individuals and their families respond to mental distresses and to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, and how mental health care is delivered community-wide.
This comprehensive, clinically oriented volume examines the expression and treatment of mental illness in the context of culture. Written by 35 international experts in the field, Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness covers the areas of the clinical encounter in which culture plays a prominent role, including psychiatric epidemiology, psychotherapy, culture-bound syndromes, and psychiatric assessment.
Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness provides a cultural framework in the psychiatric care of a variety of groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, women, elderly people, and gay men and lesbians. There is also a chapter dealing with the impact of AIDS among minorities. Eight glossaries of ethnic terms, including foreign language characters, are included.
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They found that although both American and Chinese patients reported almost
the same number of psychosomatic symptoms during structured interview, a
significantly higher rate of somatic symptoms in the primary complaints was found
Somatic expression of symptoms. For Korean Americans, especially elderly
Koreans and women, somatic complaints are culture-syntonic means of
expressing emotional conflicts. Direct interpretation of the psychological meaning
of their ...
The only exception to this was somatic symptoms, which were more prevalent
among Puerto Ricans, as had been previously reported (1. A. Canino et al., in
press, Escobar et al. 1989). Cultural Syndromes of Puerto Ricans Ataques de
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